Thursday, January 10, 2008

Books We Read

This is a list of books that I have read to Providence. We began reading chapter books together in September 2007 (or there abouts), we love our reading time before bed and hope to one day get through our ever growing list of to read, have any suggestions for us?

* The Princess and Curdie

by George MacDonald

* The Princess and the Goblin

by George MacDonald

* Bambi: A Life in the Woods
by Felix Salten

* The Complete Fairy Tales
by Charles Perrault

* The Nutcracker
by ETA Hoffmann

* Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell

* Heidi
by Joanna Spyri

* Mary Poppins
by PL Travers

* Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll

* Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll

* The Trumpet of the Swan
by EB White

* Stuart Little
by EB White

* Charlotte's Web
by EB White


boqpod October 1, 2008 at 11:54 PM  

Are these books you've read to your 4 yr old in the past (what?) year? 6 months? Week(s)?

Wanting to know 'cos we're eager to get our 3 yr old reading beyond "The Pokey Little Puppy" etc.

Lis October 2, 2008 at 8:35 AM  

We started about a year ago, with some breaks here and there. I read before bed one or more chapters, depending on how long they are. It's been so much fun, I think I enjoy it more then Providence does.

Mama Sue January 24, 2009 at 11:28 PM  

Have you read all the Mary Poppins books?

How about the Little House books? At least the first few will be interesting, when Laura was a little girl. As Providence gets a little older, she will probably enjoy the rest of them. I read the whole series to Christopher when he was in first grade and we were in a state of withdrawal when we finally finished them and wondered what to read next (the books by Roger Lea McBride, though about the later years in the Wilder's life, were not nearly as good). Shortly thereafter, we discovered the Redwall books, but I think they are more appealing to boys (who love sword fights and slayings and such - although I became as big a fan as Christopher, and we read the first 17 books in the series together; he has read the last two or three on his own - sigh . . . ).

Not exactly classics, but fun reading, are Beverly Cleary's Ramona books. If I remember correctly, Ramona is three or four years old in the first books, and the series ends when she is in about fifth grade.

Right now, I am reading books about Paddington Bear to Aiden (who just turned 7!!) and he is really enjoying them. I think there are five in the series. They were written in the '50s, and take place in England.

How about The Secret Garden and The Little Princess?

Kelley has enjoyed having me read some of the Disney Fairy books with her; another fairy book that we read together was The Fairy Rebel, which we both enjoyed and Kelley asked me to buy for her personal library. Another book, which she read first and then I did, was The Ordinary Princess. A fun twist on the usual princess stories.

And FWIW, even my older children like to have me read to them sometimes.

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